Even as Sulphur Springs head coach Braughn Curtis readies his team for the playoffs, he remembers the past.
Sulphur Springs takes on Jacksonville Tuesday at 6 p.m. Tueday in the Class 4A bi-district basketball playoffs at Wagstaff gymnasium on the campus of Tyler Junior College. The Wildcats are the third place representative.
But Curtis recalls with great clarity where this group of Wildcats came from to get to this point.
“This team was 1-9 in district last year, not many people picked us to make the playoffs this year,” Curtis said. “The only game we won last year was against North Lamar. Then we move into a tougher district.... people did not give us much of a chance.”
The Wildcats are making their first postseason berth since 2002 due to determination of the team.
“We’re about the same team that went 1-9. We just work hard to improve and we have a lot of pride in playoffs well,” Curtis said. “I am excited about the opportunity we have before us.”
The coach continued, “The guys are working very hard and concentrating on everything they need to do to be successful on Tuesday. I am pleased with their level of intensity in practice and we are taking one day at a time. Focusing on the little things that we can control.”
While the football team winning state still has the town abuzz about high school athletics, the boys basketball team making the playoffs is an unexpected treat.
“The people around school and around the district have expressed their interest and are extremely excited about the success of the boys,” Curtis said. “I am not too worried about how we will play on Tuesday. It is do or die time we will be ready to play.”
Curtis said his team has responded to every challenge they faced this year.
The squad has grown together and playing better ball, that they have all year, but still not up to their potential.
The coach said,“These guys know what is at stake and are ready for the challenge. We just gotta focus on what we can control and do that as best we can. There is no time for indecisiveness or doubt at this time in the season. We have our stuff in and we are playing pretty good basketball right now and If we can keep doing that and get lucky then who knows what will happen. All I know is that we are going to play the game and it ultimately comes down to who makes more plays than the other guy.”
SS 75, John Tyler 74 (warm-up game)
The Wildcats took a 77-74 warm-up win Saturday over John Tyler in a practice game held on the campus of the University of Texas at Tyler.
In the win, Sulphur Springs to 45 total rebounds compared to 43 for JT. Kedrick Dial had 14 rebounds. Sulphur Springs shot 54 percent on two point goals (24-of- 44) and made 40 percent (six-of-15) on 3-pointers.
Tyrik Rollison earned high point honors scoring 18 points making six-of-12 total shots with three 3-pointers.
Sulphur Springs - Kedrick Dial 2, Joey Davis 5, Alvin Frazier 4, Rashad Hall 13, Bryant (Day Day) Jackson 11, Jonathan Lee 13, Anthony Mills 8, Colton Nash 8, Tyrik Rollison 18.
3-point goals- Rollison (3), Hall (2), Jackson.
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